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History + Culture

Mondays, January 16–March 6 | 10:30 a.m.–noon

 

Joseph Jacoby, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

As Latinos impact our economy, change our culture and affect our political destiny, it is time for Americans to recognize the importance of Mexico to the United States. Mexican history is among the most colorful and dramatic of any world nation. We will read a clear, concise historical account of this fascinating country and then examine The Old Gringo, a subtle, moving novel of Carlos Fuentes, widely regarded as Mexico’s greatest writer. The Margaret Sayers Peden translation is a requirement. Books: L. Foster, A Brief History of Mexico, Fourth Edition; C. Fuentes trans. Margaret Sayers Peden, The Old Gringo

 

South Franklin Circle | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Mondays, January 16-March 6 | 1-2:30 p.m.

 

Tim Beatty, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

Sam Kean helps us to investigate the evolution of human genetics on the macro and micro scale. The book makes genetic and evolutionary science accessible and allow us to discuss implications for our society today. Books: The Violinist's Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code; Little Brown and Company

 

Rocky River Public Library | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Tuesdays, January 17–March 7 | 10–11:30 a.m.


Pamela Belknap, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

As a young social worker, Frances Perkins witnessed the traumatic Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911, which killed 146 workers. She immediately became an activist, as well as a lifelong advocate for critical reforms and programs. Learn how Labor Secretary Perkins teamed with FDR to create the New Deal legislation, which continues today. Books: The Woman Behind the New Deal – The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins – Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage, Kirstin Downey; The Roosevelt I Knew, Frances Perkins (Penguin Classics)

 

Brecksville United Church of Christ | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Tuesdays, January 18–March 8 | 10–11:30 a.m.


Pamela Belknap, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

Two new biographies present fresh, contemporary perspective on hero Winston Churchill and his wife, Clementine, who was indispensable to his life and important to Great Britain. Discuss their unique personalities, fascinating marriage, and critical contributions to their nation. Compare and contrast with the lives of the Roosevelts. Book: Boris Johnson, The Churchill Factor: How One Man Made History; Sonia Purnell, Clementine: The Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill

 

Rosemont Country Club | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Thursdays, January 19–March 9 | 10:30 a.m.–noon

 

Stanford Sarlson, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

The building of the Panama Canal was one of the twentieth century's biggest engineering projects and great triumphs. A dream of centuries, the failed attempt rocked France to its very foundations, created a new country, The Republic of Panama, and put the United States on a role of global involvement. The story of its building is more dramatic and far-reaching than most people can imagine. David McCullough's book is more absorbing than a novel and tells the whole story brilliantly. Book: The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914 by D. McCullough

 

Hamlet Village Clubhouse | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, January 24–February 28 | 1–3 a.m.


Ted Smith, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

A unique historical perspective centering on a mineral, a rock, a spice. Prevalence today thanks to modern geology, salt was one of the world's most sought-after commodities. A substance so valuable, it served as currency, influenced trade routes and establishment of cities. Provoked and financed wars, secured empires, inspired revolutions. exploring how salt changed economies, science, politics, religions, and food. Book: Salt, a World History, Mark Kurlansky

 

Private Residence (6814 Rosemont Ave., Brecksville) | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Tuesdays, January 31–April 25 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

No class March 7 and 14


Kenneth Ledford, Associate Professor of History and Law, Case Western Reserve University

 

At the end of World War II, western European political leaders embarked upon a project of European integration as an economic and political project to maintain European independence between the superpowers of the United States and the Soviet Union and a neo-liberal economic project to spur economic growth to maintain the welfare state. From modest beginnings of the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952, the European Union emerged in the twenty-first century as an impressive economic power with its own currency. But limits on the political integration of Europe, resurgent nationalism and populism, challenges from economic crises and refugee crises, and the first effort by a Member State to withdraw from the EU all seem to call the project of European integration into question. This course will explore the origins and evolution of the European Union, its structure and functioning including limits to its powers, and forecast its future in the face of its manifold challenges.


The College Club of Cleveland | Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >

 

Week 1:  
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 1 Class notes       
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 1 January 31 Powerpoint
 
Week 2:
EU History Lecture Spring 2017 Week 2 Class notes
Senior Scholars European Union Spring 2017 Week 2 February 7 Powerpoint

Wednesdays, February 1–March 8 | 1:30–3:30 p.m.

 

Barbara Greenberg, Magistrate, Bedford Municipal Court; Magistrate, Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court Community Diversion Program

 

The United States Supreme Court, from 1953 to 1969, was a most unique time in the Court’s history. With the death of Chief Justice Vinton, in 1953, President Eisenhower nominated and with the advice, consent and confirmation from the Senate, California Governor Earl Warren was seated as the new Chief Justice. Believing Governor Warren was a strict conservative in his political leanings, President Eisenhower and our country were in for a surprise. The eighteen men, seated with him over the next sixteen years, will review, interpret, and decide the cases before them in the most far reaching decisions possible. Those outcomes still reverberate today. Our classes will look at the men on this Court, and will focus on the landmark decisions during these many years.

 

The College Club of Cleveland | Members: $115; Nonmembers: $135 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, February 7-March 21 | 1–3 p.m.

 

Leatrice Rabinsky, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Learn of the faith, love, and despair of the Jewish youth and minorities facing Nazi deceit and savagery.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, March 14–April 4 | 7–9 p.m.


Brian Amkraut, Executive Director, Siegal Lifelong Learning, CWRU


This course begins with an examination of the origins of what has been called “the oldest hatred,” and moves through history, to conclude with the challenges confronting Jews today. Along the way, we examine the shifting paradigms of antisemitic expression including: xenophobia, religious conflict, “scientific” racism, as well as the current forms prevalent in America and around the world.


Landmark Centre, Room 121 | Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >

 

Mondays, March 20 - May 8 | 1 -2:30 p.m.


Enid Kirtz, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies


A Bloomsbury take on Victorian England featuring the Queen and the attitudes toward education, church, army (Florence Nightingale) and General Gordon. These issues still resonate in society today. Participants will explore these serious topics with a humorous approach. Books: L. Strachey, Eminent Victorians and L. Strachey, Queen Victoria


Rocky River Public Library | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

 

Mondays, March 20-May 8 | 10–11:30 a.m.

 

Jim Van Horn, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

This book discussion course will examine 1421: The Year the Chinese Discovered America. On March 8, 1421, the largest fleet the world had ever sailed from its base in China. The ships were under the command of Emperor Zhu Di's loyal eunuch admirals and their mission was "to proceed all the way to the end of the earth to collect tribute from the barbarians beyond the seas." Their journey would last more than two years and circle the globe. 
Book: G. Menzies, 1421: The Year the Chinese Discovered America

 

Church of the Redeemer | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, March 21–May 9 | 1:30-3 p.m.

 

Standford Sarlson, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

The building of the Panama Canal was one of the twentieth century’s biggest engineering projects and great triumphs.  A dream of centuries, the failed attempt rocked France to its very foundations, created a new country, The Republic of Panama, and put the United States on a role of global involvement. The story of its building is more dramatic and far-reaching than most people can imagine. David McCullough's book is more absorbing than a novel and tells the whole story brilliantly.   Book:  The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal, 1870-1914, D. McCullough

 

Judson Manor | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Tuesdays, March 28-May 16 | 1–3 p.m.
No class April 11 or 18

 

Leatrice Rabinsky, Lecturer in Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

In the forests, ghettos, and concentration camps, pockets of rebels resisted the Nazis by stealing uniforms and arms. Victims built secret tunnels, arranged aid from the outside, and served to encourage the weak.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $90; Nonmembers: $110 | REGISTER >

Thursdays, March 23–May 11 | 10-11:30 a.m.

 

Jim Van Horn, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

In this book discussion course, students, will talk about how Bill Bryson re-visits a unique era in American history, the 20s, sandwiched in between World War I and the Depression. He writes about familiar personalities and events--Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Al Capone, Herbert Hoover--and some not so well-known people and captures the magic of a special time.  Book: Bill Bryson, One Summer: America 1927

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Thursdays, March 23–May 11 | 10–11:30 a.m.

 

Betty Zak, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

Nicholas and Alexandra have been called saints, innocent victims, harbingers of revolution among many other names. What really happened? Was it a love that extended beyond each other? Was it a love that ended an empire? Discover their passion, their strengths and their weaknesses in a new light. We begin with the traditional reading of Massie's Nicholas and Alexandra followed by summaries of newly Russian released documents involving Rasputin, Alix and Nicky and Alexandra's lady-in- waiting. We'll then extrapolate possibilities through our second book. Books: Robert Massie, Nicholas and Alexandra; Robert Alexander, The Kitchen Boy: A Novel of the Last Tsar

 

Westlake United Methodist Church| Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Fridays, March 24-May 12 | 10:30 a.m.-noon


Pamela Belknap, Leader-Teacher, Off-Campus Studies

 

As a young social worker, Frances Perkins witnessed the traumatic Triangle Shirtwaist fire of 1911, which killed 146 workers. She immediately became an activist, as well as a lifelong advocate for critical reforms and programs. Learn how Labor Secretary Perkins teamed with FDR to create the New Deal legislation, which continues today. Books: The Woman Behind the New Deal – The Life and Legacy of Frances Perkins – Social Security, Unemployment Insurance, and the Minimum Wage, Kirstin Downey; The Roosevelt I Knew, Frances Perkins (Penguin Classics)

 

St. Paul's Episcopal Christ | Members: $82; Nonmembers: $97 | REGISTER >

Fridays April 28-May 19 | 10-11:30 a.m.


Alanna Cooper, Director of Jewish Lifelong Learning, CWRU

 

Shortly after the Soviet Union dissolved, cultural anthropologist Alanna Cooper traveled to Uzbekistan to learn about the Jewish community that had been living there for over a millennia. There, in the heart of Central Asia, she recorded stories about life on the margins of the Jewish world; about living as a minority among a predominantly Muslim population; and about remaining Jewish through the Soviet period. After that first visit, Alanna was hooked and spent the next fifteen years researching and writing as she traveled between Uzbekistan, immigrant communities in New York and Tel Aviv, and library archives. Join her for a fascinating perspective on Jewish history and culture.

 

Landmark Centre | Members: $60; Nonmembers: $75 | REGISTER >